Chronixx, a Reggae Revival

Little Chronicle was his pet name given to him in light of his father Chronicle, which inspired the name Chronixx, in later years of Jamar McNaughton’s career. Jamar loved music at a tender age, and, since he was exposed to many musical legends, one of which was Gregory Isaacs, he decided to pursue music by following the footsteps of his father.

He began his career as a musician at eleven years old. He was also a choir director at that age and he recorded a gospel track with producer Danny Browne in 2003. In addition, he sang backing vocals for artistes such as Jermaine Edwards, Popcaan, and Lutan Fyah during that period.

 “My music come from early beginnings, from childhood days. I used to sing at school, in church, and then my whole family sings. My daddy, Chronicle, caused me to be very exposed to music from a very tender age. That’s where the music started for me. Professionally now, that’s when I was in high school. I started producing. Making riddims. But the music go from then until now. When I was 15, 16 I started producing and it was a great vibe for me.”  – Chronixx, in an interview with Okayplayer

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Jamar McNaughton (Chronixx) Photo courtesy of brotherhoodmagazine

Born on October 10, 1992, the now twenty-two-year-old artiste continued his career at fourteen where he produced rhythms which were later used by Konshens, Munga Honorable and Icebox Records among others. In 2009 he started writing with Romaine ‘Teflon’ Arnett of Zincfence Records. He found inspiration from breaking the barriers and forming a union with the artistes of Zincfence Records, which made his career what it is today. At that point, he knew he wanted to pursue reggae and with his musical background from his father, his schooling, and experience, he had the confidence to push through.

In 2011, Chronixx decided to take his career to another level in light of the inspirations of mentors such as Alty ‘J.O.E.’ Nunes. After Alty’s passing, Chronixx continued the legacy and he released singles alongside the ‘Jah Ova Evil’ family (Nunes’ family) such as African Heritage, Behind Curtain, Wall Street and Warrior.

His popularity grew in 2012 with his performances at Reggae Sumfest and other gigs as well as his airplay on the radios of his homeland, Jamaica.  A year later he toured the United Kingdom, Kenya, and the United States with Zincfence Redemption Band while getting hits on ‘Smile Jamaica’.

His album released in 2014 entitled ‘Dread and Terrible’ topped Billboard Top Reggae Albums and accumulated 1,000 downloads in the United States.  He also appeared on the Jimmy Fallon show and his other appearances and performances skyrocketed his downloads of his album from 1,000 to 12,000. As a result, he obtained the number two spot on the Digital Reggae Singles chart. By March 2015, this album remained on the Top Reggae Albums chart for forty-two consecutive weeks. He also founded his own ZincFence productions, which has produced hits for Protoje, Jah Cure and worked with Movado, Maverick Sabre and Nomaddz among others.

He was awarded the Culture Artist of the Year, Best New Artist and Entertainer of the Year in 2014 at the Linkage Awards in New York. He won awards for Best Song and Best Music Video at the 33rd International Reggae and World Music Awards. He was also nominated for the MOBO award in the Best Reggae Act category in September 2014.

His Discography to date includes:

Mixtapes

  • Start a Fire(2012) – with Major Lazer and Walshy Fire

 Albums

  • Hooked on Chronixx (2011)
  • Dread and Terrible(2014)

Singles

  • Mi Alright (2013), Chimney – with Kabaka Pyramid
  • Access Granted (2013), Notice
  • World Under Siege (2013), Roots Tribulation
  • Alpha and Omega (2013), John John
  • Most I (2013), Don Corleon
  • Thanks and Praise (2013), Lifeline
  • Here Comes Trouble (2013), Overstand
  • Selassie Souljahz (2013), Royal Order Music – with Sizzla, Protoje, and Kabaka Pyramid
  • Smile Jamaica (2013), Silly Walks Discotheque
  • Ain’t No Giving In (2013), Chimney – B-side of Tarrus Riley’s “Gimme Likkle One Drop”
  • Perfect Tree (2014), Royal Order Music
  • Prayer (2014), Israel

Today Chronixx credits his success to his early life experiences and has shared his own experiences with others. He surely has not disappointed his predecessors, family or friends in the long run and has always aimed to do his very best with each performance. Chronixx and his music have been branded as a ‘Reggae Revival’ and alongside artistes with the similar careers, like Jah9, Protoje, Jesse Royal, Keznamdi and Kelissa to name a few. With his performances and music revolving around themes of anti-war, romantic declarations and resiliency, his ability to identify and relate to audiences will take him far in his career.

By Alexandra Daley

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